This strange political formation, devoted to historical pessimism, Malthusianism and zero growth ideology, usually poses a threat to the future of the United States primarily in the medium to longer term, because of its obvious tendency to stifle the progress of science, technology, and industry in the name of obscurantism and irrationality. But these days, the Green party also poses a threat to our country in the short term. Stein could have rendered a public service as a third party candidate by attacking Trump as a psychotic and fascist. But Stein has decided to become the left wing of the Trump campaign, which is already the most dangerous fascist mass movement in this country since the heyday of the Ku Klux Klan back in the s.
Young Stalin in pictures, Stalin at age The son of Besarion Jughashvili, a cobbler, and Ketevan Geladze, a washerwoman, Joseph was a frail child. At age 7, he contracted smallpox, leaving his face scarred. A few years later he was injured in a carriage accident which left arm slightly deformed some accounts state his arm trouble was a result of blood poisoning from the injury.
Stalin always felt unfairly treated by life, and thus developed a strong, romanticized desire for greatness and respect, combined with a shrewd streak of calculating cold-heartedness towards those who had maligned him.
He always felt a sense of inferiority before educated intellectuals, and particularly distrusted them. Never a fiery intellectual polemicist or orator like Lenin or Trotsky, Stalin specialized in the humdrum nuts and bolts of revolutionary activity, risking arrest every day by helping organize workers, distributing illegal literature, and robbing trains to support the cause, while Lenin and his bookish friends lived safely abroad and wrote clever articles about the plight of the Russian working class.
He shrewdly used his new position to consolidate power in exactly this way—by controlling all appointments, setting agendas, and moving around Party staff in such a way that eventually everyone who counted for anything owed their position to him. Stalin at age Driven by his own sense of inferiority, which he projected onto his country as a whole, Stalin pursued an economic policy of mobilizing the entire country to achieve the goal of rapid industrialization, so that it could stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Capitalist powers.
Although the Soviet Union boasted that its economy was booming while the Capitalist world was experiencing the Great Depression, and its industrialization drive did succeed in rapidly creating an industrial infrastructure where there once had been none, the fact is that all this was done at exorbitant cost in human lives.
Measures such as the violent expropriation of the harvest by the government, the forced resettlement and murder of the most successful peasants as counterrevolutionary elements, and the discovery of a source of cheap labor through the arrest of millions of innocent citizens led to countless millions of deaths from the worst man-made famine in human history and in the camps of the Gulag.
A mugshot of year-old Stalin from a police file. Stalin would never cut a very imposing figure — he grew to just five feet four inches, and for the rest of his life his shortness rankled him, causing him to resort to platform shoes and other devices in an effort to appear taller than he actually was.
A mugshot of Stalin after an arrest. A criminal file on Stalin following his arrest in Baku, Azerbaijan. Stalin in after his release from exile. The unusually smooth appearance of these pictures is a result of the retouching Stalin insisted be carried out to his images in order to hide the pockmark scars on his face, caused by smallpox he suffered as a child.
Stalin did not fight during the First World War. As a child he had been struck on two separate occasions by horse-drawn carriages, causing permanent damage to his left arm, and exempting him from the front.
Stalin with Vladimir Lenin and Mikhail Kalinin. This became his favorite nickname throughout his revolutionary life.
As late asStalin himself listed his birthday as 18 December in a curriculum vitae in his own handwriting. However, after his coming to power inStalin changed the date to 21 December That became the day his birthday was celebrated in the Soviet Union. Stalin wrote letters to Keke occasionally.
These letters were affectionate and upbeat, but short; it took him an excessively long time to write them because it had become difficult for him to write in Georgian the only language his mother understood.
Kipshidze, a doctor who treated Keke in her old age, recalled that when Stalin visited his mother in Octoberhe asked her: In return, his mother asked him: February 3, Any factual error or typo?Stalin, who took total power about a decade earlier than Hitler, regarded the Nazi dictator as his useful tool.
Stalin called Hitler “ledokol,” the ice breaker of the revolution, who could bust up central and western Europe and make them ripe for conquest. Young Stalin in pictures, Stalin at age On December 18, , in the Russian peasant village of Gori, Georgia, Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili (later known as Joseph Stalin.
STALIN, Joseph (), Soviet Communist leader, the longtime ruler who more than any other individual molded the features that characterized the Soviet regime and shaped the direction of post-World War II Europe; in this regard, Stalin is considered by many to have been the most powerful and influential political figure of the 20th century.
There was only one candidate to vote for in each constituency and that was the Communist Party candidate.’ ‘In practice, all the power lay in Stalin’s hands and the new constitution merely confirmed it.’. In the U.S.
Presidential elections, former President Teddy Roosevelt emerged as the most successful third party presidential candidate in the history of the country when he bagged 88 Electoral votes and 27% of the popular vote in the election on behalf of the Progressive Party of the United States.
One reason is that anti-Semitism seems to be a successful political strategy among a swath of the left. Another reason is that so many other people looked the other way while it was happening.